Robert E. Wailes, MD


Medical Director, Founder & Partner

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Dr. Wailes is a pioneer in the specialty of pain medicine in Southern California. He is both a board-certified anesthesiologist with subspecialty designation in the specialty of pain medicine and board-certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine. He was the first pain physician in California to offer a high tech, free-standing, Medicare-approved outpatient surgical center to patients for advanced pain management procedures. Dr. Wailes has been focused on providing patients the highest level of care available, as well as contributing to advancing

the pain medicine specialty through clinical research and state of the art education conferences for clinicians. He has had the vision to assemble a highly competent team of clinicians and staff to address the needs of our community and improve the quality of life in patients with even the most aggressive and complex pain conditions. Care has always been individualized to patients and a strong focus has been on restoring function.

Dr. Wailes has broadened his reach in his quest to help improve the quality of care provided by taking leadership roles locally and nationally. He serves as Chair of the California Medical Association Board of Trustees and nationally represents the American Academy of Pain Medicine at the American Medical Association. He has also served as President of the San Diego County Medical Society.

Dr. Wailes is well respected by his peers and has presented continuing education programs for clinicians on a variety of topics. He is an active member of the medical staffs at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas and at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside. He is also the Medical Director for the Ketamine Research Institute.

He has lived with his family in Carlsbad since starting his practice in 1984.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.